As a general rule (there are exceptions) the people that won't carry a gun because it has "failed" at some point don't shoot enough. People that shoot a lot expect failures now and again.
I don't think I would trust a Taurus that showed this problem after 100 rounds. I'd assume it was a design flaw.
Strange thing as I was cleaning it after the range. The new extractor looks much different. The old one looked porous (not sure if I spelled that right) the new one looks like solid metal
To be fair, I have friends who have Taurus' that they are happy with and have had no problems. But they do not shoot as much as me and I really don't get to do so enough. It's been said here before, there's nothing wrong with most Taurus designs, it's really a problem with quality control. You may get a good one, then again...
[QUOTE]As a general rule (there are exceptions) the people that won't carry a gun because it has "failed" at some point don't shoot enough. People that shoot a lot expect failures now and again./QUOTE]
I have seen just about every type of gun fail at one time or another while at the range, even Glocks (gasp)!! If you shoot a gun enough, it will eventually have some problem. Could be gun related, could be ammo related. Diagnose the problem, fix the problem, and "carry" on.
Carry a BUG. Problem solved.
For all my guns:
revolvers get 200 rounds "breakin" and autos 300.
Then I test with carry ammo. A full mag or cylinder, pull the trigger as fast as you can.. Reload and do it again. No misfires? Carry it.
I had a Rossi 38 a while back. Theres a little lever called a bolt which engages the slot on the cylinder to line it up with the barrel. It would not engage with hard trigger pulls, and teh cylinder would stop between two holes. This was a new gun. The store gunsmith called the factory and they said some of these got out with the wrong spring under the bolt. They aired in the right one and paid the gunsmith to install it.
After 100 rounds, rapid fire, and no misfires, I carried it.
more than likely, the concensus of this group would have said "Its a Rossi, trade it"
Being an engineer if I understand a problem and the cure, the gun gives me confidence. If the gunsmith said "I don't know, but I'll work on it", it would have been returned or traded.
Also, being in the manufacturing end, you can get bad components from a supplier that you have used and trusted for years. It happens... Most manufacturers won't admit to bad parts, however, a beefed up replacement magically appears....
I do not fault a man for making an error. It what happens right after the discovery that I use to rate him.
Remember there is a difference between firing 2-300 rounds at the range without cleaning or lubricating a gun, and perhaps firing from 1 to perhaps 15 rounds in a gunfight. I rely on my guns for protection in a dangerous business (low income property management). Therefore I carry two. If I find a gun that is having FTF trouble during practice I will take it out of service until fixed. Once fixed if it fired 50-200 rounds OK, then I feel comfortable with it. It's like a car, sometimes things need replacing.
On the other hand if it's a gun with known issues, well, hopefully one doesn't buy the model in the first place, or you sell it at a loss and move on.
I should mention I CC a Taurus PT145, Gen1 from around 2002. Mine has been flawless. Smallest 11 round .45 there is.
Why did you drop it? Just asking. Apoloiges if this has already been covered.....
Oh, if 'failed'.................. Then you shoud just drop it. Nuff Said!
My RIA GI 1911 had numerous problems early on, but the owner's manual clearly stated that the gun (1) required a 500-round break-in, and (2) was intended for use with FMJ RN ammo. I was shooting a lot of factory ball, but also lots of reloads with a truncated cone bullet that has a hefty meplat, plus external lube (LLA--somewhat sticky). Subsequent chronography also showed me that my handloaded powder charge was giving vels of only 650-725 or thereabouts--weaker than I'd thought.
At the 500+ mark, it stopped having any gun-related problems, even gobbling up my light loads with aplomb. The only problems it's had since then were last-round lockback problems with one specific type of mag that sports a convex follower. I limit those mags to range use only. Otherwise, the gun has gone about 400-500 rounds without a hiccup, so I trust it completely. All it needed was break-in and any other mags besides those with the convex follower.
In the final analysis, however, you have choices, and if YOU aren't confident the gun will function, you will be laboring under a huge psychological handicap if you ever have to use it in a crisis. You'll have enough problems without having to wonder, "Jesus, will this thing go bang?"
Like another poster said, I feel comfortable if I can isolate a gun's problem, fix it, and then have it function as designed. If I can't, it's gone. If I were to have lingering doubts about its materials, design, or inherent quality, it's gone--certainly for defense use.
I just put my Kimber Pro Carry II HD back in service. Took it to the range yesterday and fired 150 rounds with no problem other than my weak thumb flopping around and hitting the slide release twice and locking the slide back part way through the magazine.